Local Doctor Donates Private Jet to Help Fund Expansion at Driscoll Children’s Hospital
November 15, 2017
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  • Some donate money to help out local hospitals, but one local doctor donated more than that. He donated his jet.

    Corpus Christi physician Dr. Charles Campbell and his wife Mary Campbell donated their Westwind II aircraft to Driscoll Children’s Hospital, which will sell the jet and apply the funds to the futuresbright campaign.

    “Dr. Campbell’s gift is the largest gift ever made from a member of Driscoll’s medical staff,” said Steve Woerner, president and CEO of Driscoll Health System.

    “It is an exciting time of growth and change for us with the construction of our new North Pavillion … His commitment assists greatly in what we are able to accomplish … and Driscoll is honored by the Campbells’ generosity.”

    Campbell, an opthalmologist who also is affiliated with South Texas Retina Consultants, has served on the medical staff of Driscoll Children’s Hospital for decades. He and his associates have provided critical care for premature babies in Driscoll Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, mostly diagnosing and treating retinopathy of prematurity.

    “It was very easy to decide to give this to the children of South Texas, through Driscoll Children’s Hospital,” Campbell said.

    The proceeds from the sale of the aircraft will be used to help meet the challenge grant of $1 million issued by the Mabee Foundation toward the hospital’s $80-million expansion.

    An internet search for used Windward II jets revealed prices ranging from $200,000 to $495,000.